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Visit Chris Pavone’s Luxembourg

At the wonderful website for travelers who read–Packabook– you can sign up for a newsletter “book club” and read a book, as Packabook provides analysis and background information, then find out what it would be like to travel to that country. Recently Packabook’s newsletter focused on Luxembourg in Chris Pavone’s book, Expats.

You may have read my review of Expats (“Sex, Lies and Living Abroad”) here, so I wanted to share this little bit of the travelogue published as part of Packabook’s newsletter, which focused on the question of whether Luxembourg is boring. Certainly not this spooky castle–a world heritage site. It was built by the French in the 16th century and contains miles of subterranean tunnels.

Have you been to Luxeumbourg? Boring??

Travel in the Footsteps of Canterbury Tales Pilgrims and Chaucer

Book Cover: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Old English Edition

Destination: England

Book: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

My friend over at Pack a Book has posted an article and a YouTube video of a rainy-days tour that followed in the footsteps of the pilgrims of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales  from the site of London’s Tabard Inn to Canterbury Cathedral.

Would you like to retrace their route and see what remains from their day, or what has replaced the old landmarks? This article will give you lots of ideas.

Starting at a tavern that looks much like the Tabard Inn (and right next to its site) where the Canterbury Tales pilgrims started out, the journey is captured on Pack a Book‘s video. If you want more details about the pilgrimage, see the Guardian article which she links. Participants dressed as characters and each related the “tale” told by their character at some point on the journey.

Pack a Book does not forget her main mission in life, providing books that enlighten travlers, and she includes in her article suggestions for editions of Canterbury Tales.  Take a look at the article to see the video.

Would you like to take this trip?? Have you done other pilgrimages?

For more wonderful walks in London and elsewhere around Europe, check out the “walks in London”  link to Easy Hiker.


The two Amazon links in this article are affiliate links, which means when you use them to buy something at Amazon, you are supporting A Traveler’s Library and we are most grateful.



Plan Travel to Lisbon

Want to track down the locales of a Portugal mystery so you can plan travel to Lisbon? Because so many readers were interested in the review of A Small Death in Lisbon, I am very happy to share some portions of the latest Pack A Book newsletter detailing locations discussed in that novel, and what they look like today. Pack a Book’s web site, published with both British and American versions, has lists of books for many, many countries. A later newsletter will feature reviews of the book from various sources–including A Traveler’s Library. Continue reading Plan Travel to Lisbon